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Sometimes you need to earn some extra money while you work. Working from home is ideal – especially if you already have a day job or have children to support. One of the best ways to make money from home is to sell items. You can sell things on your schedule to bring in the extra money you want. This guide gives you ideas on what to sell to make money.
What can I sell profitably?
The following ideas can inspire you to start your own sales business. They don’t require large capital outlays, but they can be profitable.
When deciding what to sell to make money, it’s important to do your research and commit to making your business a success. A profitable business takes time and effort to make it work. Knowing who your competitors are, what the best pricing might be, and where to market your products is essential.
Depending on what you’re selling, sites like OfferUp, eBay, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Swappa, and Poshmark are all good options. In most cases, all you need is to take some clear photos of the items you want to sell and list them.
Selling clothes – old clothes you no longer wear or those you found at a thrift store – can be a great way to make money. Designer goods or baby/kids fashion are probably the most lucrative as they tend to be in high demand. You can search for other clothing items for sale at thrift stores or discount retailers. Look for clearance items that you can profit from if you resell them.
As for where to resell clothing, you can create your own website. Alternatively, you can list items, especially from well-known brands, on sites like Poshmark or eBay.
If you have a specific hobby, you can create your own business to sell your handmade items. There is a market for handmade products. Taking the time to research the most popular types of items on sites like Amazon Handmade and Etsy can help.
Etsy is a well-known source for millions of sellers with unique items. All you need to do is open an account and have the product ready. The investment is low – items can be listed for up to four months at 20 cents per item. If the item is sold, there is a 6.5% transaction fee commission and a 3% commission plus a $0.25 payment processing fee.
Depending on your expertise, you can sell your expertise as a product. Some of the ways you can make money include:
You can work as a life coach or advise others on skills you use regularly. Some ideas include reviewing or writing resumes, helping others build websites, and more.
teach a language
Sites like VIPKid can connect you with international students interested in learning English. Classes are usually held online and usually involve video chat or Zoom to connect with students in your language.
homework helper or tutor
Similar to teaching English or other languages, you can tutor students or help them with homework. Students of all ages are looking for help – all you need is your name as a tutoring candidate. You can list your services on sites like Wyzant or TutorMe to find students.
There are many busy people who need virtual assistants to answer emails, update their schedules or update their social media by posting on their behalf. Depending on your client’s needs, you have the flexibility to work on your own at your convenience.
If you enjoy refurbishing furniture, you can start a home business that sells furniture. You can pick up some items at thrift and thrift stores and paint them or update them to give them a new look.
Depending on the size and weight of the furniture, you may prefer to sell locally and have an interested buyer pick it up. Facebook Marketplace is a great place to list your discoveries.
Electronics are often sought after by individuals who need a cheaper phone, tablet or laptop. If you know a little about electronics, you can even repair a screen or computer for resale. Sites like Decluttr or Gizmogo are a few options.
Or, depending on how much time and effort you’re interested in putting in, you can create your own website to showcase used electronics you can sell.
For example, if friends and family like your baked goods, you might be able to sell your homemade recipes. There are several ways to turn your cooking and baking skills into a lucrative job. You can sell items at your local farmers market, set up photos of items you make on your Instagram page and take orders, or even serve small gatherings or events.
When considering a catering or home cooking business, check your local laws regarding the sale of home-cooked dishes. Many municipalities have challenged the requirement that home cooks have a health department license or certificate and safety clearance.
7. Clearance Items
Some people like to visit their favorite local retailers to find deals. If you think you’re good at finding bargains, you can become an Amazon reseller. If you have less than 40 items to list per month, you can sell them for free. If you plan to sell more items, you’ll need to pay $39.99 per month, plus transaction fees.
To sell as an Amazon reseller, scan the item from the mobile app and upload it to your Amazon account. If an item sells, you can ship it to an Amazon fulfillment center so Amazon can process the order and ship it to the customer.
There are many things that can be sold for money. It all depends on your interests or skills and the level of commitment you are willing to make. This guide gives you ideas on how to make money, although it’s just the beginning. Be sure to do your research for the best chance of success.